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PBOC Cutting Foreign Exchange Reserve Ratio to Curb Yuan Weakness
Published on: 2022-04-26
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China's central bank said on Monday it would cut the amount of foreign exchange banks must hold as reserves, a move aimed at slowing the depreciation of the yuan, which is at its weakest levels in a year.

The People's Bank of China said it would cut the foreign exchange reserve requirement ratio (RRR) by 100 basis points (bps) to 8% beginning May 15, to "improve financial institutions' ability to use foreign exchange funds", according to an online statement.

The PBOC previously raised the FX reserve requirement ratio for financial institutions by 200 basis points in December 2021, to rein in a rising yuan and make it more expensive for banks to hold dollars.

The cut in foreign exchange reserve ratios is expected to lend the tightly managed currency some support, by freeing up dollars banks need to maintain with the central bank.

The yuan CNY=CFXS has fallen furiously, shedding more than 3% against the dollar in the past month and hitting a one-year low of 6.5775 on Monday, on concerns over a worsening economic growth outlook caused by strict COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and major cities and the loss of a yield advantage versus the dollar.




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